Steering Group Meeting – 30th April 2021

Power Responsive’s 22nd Steering Group meeting took place in April 2021.

This Steering Group meeting focused on market reform up to 2050. The group explored Challenging Ideas’ Re-costing Energy Project and the ESO’s Net Zero Market Reform Project which look to create a clear strategy for markets that support a net zero future. This was then followed by an overview of Power Responsive priorities and activities for the next 12 months along with BEIS and Ofgem’s horizon scans.

The meeting summary has now been published and is available to view from the following link:

Steering Group Meeting – 30th April 2021

Power Responsive’s 22nd Steering Group meeting took place in April 2021.

The group explored Challenging Ideas’ Re-costing Energy Project and the ESO’s Net Zero Market Reform Project which look to create a clear strategy for markets that support a net zero future. This was then followed by an overview of Power Responsive priorities and activities for the next 12 months along with BEIS and Ofgem’s horizon scans.

The meeting summary has now been published and is available to view from the following link:

Power Responsive Guide to Demand Side Response Webinars

The Power Responsive Guide to Demand Side Response is now available.

Get more information on demand side flexibility opportunities with our new webinar guides.

These guides provide a service overview and highlight potential routes to market for Reserve services, Frequency Response services, Wider access to the Balancing Mechanism, and the Capacity Market.

Power Responsive Guide to Demand Side Response

We are pleased to let you know that the latest Guide to DSR has now been published.

This guide is a great starting point for anybody looking to understand the demand side proposition, and access additional revenue by providing Balancing Services to National Grid ESO or your local DNO, whether directly or through a third party. Businesses from many sectors including manufacturing, health services, retail, and transport, to name just a few, are continuing to support our energy system. There are likely to be opportunities whatever your business. Aggregators and suppliers are numerous, and their support can be extremely valuable in helping to identify flexibility opportunities where you might not think possible.

We’re very much interested to hear your thoughts regarding the guide, including how useful it is to you and your organisation, and where you think any future improvements could be made.  Please provide us with your feedback at [email protected]

Power Responsive Annual Report 2019

We are pleased to let you know that the latest Power Responsive Annual Report has now been published.  The report highlights flexibility developments and market progress throughout 2019 as well as signalling future activity across the flexibility landscape for 2020/21.

The report itself covers:

  • An overview of Power Responsive and the programme’s future strategy for supporting the development and participation of demand side markets.
  • Highlights of recent policy, regulatory and industry-led initiatives supporting or impacting DSF.
  • Demand side metrics across National Grid ESO Ancillary Services, the Capacity Market and Triad activity in 2019 assessing how these markets have developed over a three-year period.
  • Future outlook for demand side markets and flexibility opportunities.

We’d like to thank Sustainability First for their assistance in preparing the report and for the Power Responsive programme in general.

We’re very much interested to hear your thoughts regarding the report, including how useful it is to you and your organisation, and where you think any future improvements could be made.  Please provide us with your feedback at [email protected]

On track to support demand side response

Some of the UK’s biggest energy consumers are supporting plans to boost the use of demand side measures. Russell Fleetwood, Generation Manager at London Underground, explains how and why his company is getting on board.

The Tube is the biggest power consumer in London, and has the largest private power network in the country. So we’re well-placed to reduce our demand, which is why we signed up for one of the new innovative demand response services: Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) run by National Grid.

Through DSBR London Underground is able to offer 55MW of demand reduction.

DSBR makes use of our own stand-alone emergency back-up supply at the Greenwich Power Station. The power station, which dates back to 1902 and was originally built to provide power for London’s Tram network, is currently used exclusively as a back-up for the Tube network. Should normal supplies be interrupted, it would be called upon to help with the safe evacuation of passengers and staff, so it needs to be 100 per cent available at all times.

Similarly, we can use Greenwich to reduce our reliance on National Grid’s power. Through DSBR we are able to offer a significant demand reduction of 55MW, and can quickly respond by switching to Greenwich’s five gas turbines for the length of time required.

Being more efficient

Being on call for means we are able to utilise one of our older assets – though we have to also be aware that we have to look after it, and not run it into the ground! Currently, the Greenwich power station is used between 200 and 300 hours a year, but that’s about to change as it undergoes a major revamp which will see new more efficient and cleaner gas engines installed.

Taking advantage of demand side response has been a positive experience for London Underground.

Reducing carbon emissions is part of TfL’s overall strategy and the new engines will provide a steady source of cheap, low-carbon power for London’s Tube network.Work is also being done to explore how the scheme could generate cheaper energy for people in London too. The waste heat produced could be used for heating water, and this would be pumped to homes connected up to the system.

The benefits to business

Taking advantage of demand side response has been a positive experience for London Underground. It’s enabled us to make use of an existing asset, as well as creating additional revenue – and that can only be good for stakeholders and Tube users alike. It’s a very, very, positive project for London.

I’m sure demand side response is something that will have to grow in the future to help smooth out customer demand and to help reduce carbon emissions. We’re fully supportive of that at London Underground.